Orthodontic treatment can be a great solution for correcting a wide range of tooth placement problems including an underbite or an overbite. According to the American Orthodontic Association, about 6 million people wear braces and about 50% to 75% of people not currently receiving treatment could benefit from orthodontic treatment. The question is are braces right for you?
You Have Choices
If an orthodontist has recommended braces to treat your orthodontic problem, then yes, braces are right for you, and you may be asking the wrong question. The right question is which type of braces are right for you. There is a range of braces available that can help you get through the treatment and get the straight smile you have always dreamed of.
Are Traditional Metal Braces Right For You
Traditional metal brace systems are proven effective treatments for a wide range of orthodontic problems. They consist of wires and posts that gently move the teeth into the proper position. Metal braces are typically used on children and young adults as well as adults. They are the most common orthodontic treatment.
Traditional Braces With a Twist
Perhaps metal braces are not for you. You can get clear traditional braces. It is the same wire and post concept except the wires and posts are clear. It can be a lot harder for people to detect you are wearing braces when the wires and posts are clear.
If the wiring and post method does not appeal to you, there is one more option that may be right for your orthodontic treatment needs. Invisalign is an alignment system that uses clear trays that are custom fitted to your needs to gently move your teeth into the right position. Many adults prefer this system because it does not affect their aesthetics. The trays are removed to eat and drink and kept in the mouth the rest of the time. They are a highly effective treatment option for adults and teens.
Are braces right for you? Your orthodontist is the expert that can answer that question and provide you with different treatment options. If you are wondering if braces are right for you then they are likely the right choice. Make an appointment today to be evaluated by Dr. Parker and he will answer all of your questions.